Keith Jones (priest)

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The Very Revd
Keith Jones
MA (Cantab)
Dean of York
Church York Minster
Predecessor Raymond Furnell
Other posts Dean of Exeter (1996–2004)
Ordination 1969 (deacon); 1970 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1944-06-27) 27 June 1944 (age 70)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Viola Mary Jenkyns[1]
Children 3 daughters[1]
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge

Keith Brynmor Jones (born 27 June 1944)[1] is an Anglican priest. He was the Dean of York from 2004 until 2012, and was Dean of Exeter from 1996.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jones was born in Shrewsbury and received his secondary education at Ludlow Grammar School in Shropshire. At the age of 18, he went to Selwyn College, Cambridge to study English literature. He trained for the priesthood at Cuddesdon College, Oxford.


Jones was ordained at Southwark Cathedral and served a curacy in the parish of Limpsfield with Titsey, Surrey. He served his first cathedral position as Priest-Vicar at St Albans Cathedral and was appointed the Rural Dean of Ipswich in 1992. Jones was an Honorary Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral between 1993 and 1995.[1] He was appointed Dean of Exeter in 1996.[3] He retired on 30 April 2012.[4]

Other appointments[edit]


Jones is married to Viola, a lecturer in Christianity and art, with whom he has three daughters: Sophie, Olivia and Isabel.


  • Mr Keith Jones (1944–1969)
  • The Revd Keith Jones (1969–1993)
  • The Revd Canon Keith Jones (1993–1995)
  • The Very Revd Keith Jones (1996–present)


  1. ^ a b c d Who's Who 2012 – JONES, Keith Brynmor
  2. ^ New Dean of York named (2004), BBC News, London, UK, viewed 2 May 2008,
  3. ^ Installation of the new Dean of York (2004), York Minster, York, UK, viewed 2 May 2008,
  4. ^ Church Times #7750, 30 September 2011